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Ram Setu Vs Taj Mahal: Which Should Be Given a World Wonder Status?

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Many people may consider this topic Ram Setu versus Taj Mahal as a controversial topic, but it is not our intention. BuzTak intention is very clear, to make the people know and understand the importance of history, heritage and culture of India. We are not saying Taj Mahal is not a wonder, but we want to say the importance of Ram Setu.

India is a country with a rich history and a vibrant culture that has captured the imagination of people around the world. With its towering mountains, sparkling seas, and ancient architecture, India has been home to some of the most incredible wonders of the world. While many of these wonders, such as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, are well-known and celebrated, several others have been neglected and overlooked by history.

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From ancient temples to awe-inspiring natural landscapes, these wonders of the world from India are a testament to the country’s remarkable history and the enduring spirit of its people. In this article, we will explore one such most overlooked wonder of the world from India is Shree Ram’s Ram Setu. 

Let us uncover the secrets of Ramsetu’s unique construction and significance. Also, let us understand why the Taj Mahal is celebrated as a wonder while Ramsetu is neglected.

Ram Setu Versus Taj Mahal: Rudimentary Nuance

As per some records, Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a love monument for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Begum, while the Ram Setu bridge (also known as “Ram Setu Adam’s Bridge”) was built to emancipate the demon King Ravana and his valiant brother, Kumbhakaran, who were the gatekeepers of the Seventh Gate (Main Entrance) to Lord Vishnu’s abode, Vaikunth. The mission’s goal was to eliminate the afflictions of humanity as a whole caused by Ravan’s transgressions in abducting Maata Seetha Devi, Lord Rama’s wife.

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The monkeys and bears (including the steadfast Jambawan) were celestials who had descended on Earth at Lord Vishnu’s request to assist and aid in the incarnation of Lord Rama and his brothers. The Ram Sethu cannot be compared to the Taj Mahal since the latter was built by a human person while the former was built by Lord Vishnu’s avatar. 

Should we continue in this direction? Okay!

  • The bridge spans 35 kilometers and is 3 kilometers wide (1:10 ratio, approx.).
  • It is currently 10 meters deep.
  • The monkey legion finished the bridge in just five days.

It is thought that the ram setu stones used to construct this bridge did not float in the sea. Rather, they floated on the water’s surface. What prevented this stone from submerging in the water? Others believe it a divine miracle, lending it religious significance, although science contends the contrary. 

Above all, there’s a significant question: “Was there a bridge called Ram Sethu?”

It’s amazing how the monkey army (Vanaras) built a bridge in just five days to connect two nations separated by the sea. The Ramayana, written by Maharishi Valmiki, chronicles the construction of Ram Sethu in detail. To cross the ocean, Lord Rama sat on the Dharba Grass (Kusa) and bowed to the God of the Sea. When Lord Rama realized that the God of the Sea had not shown up, he became enraged and raised his bow and shot to dry the sea.

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Eventually, the God of the Ocean arrived with folded hands and announced that, to accommodate the species that live in the water, he was a little hesitant, and that today, as the Rama Karya, he would create the way for the monkeys and bears to cross the ocean. Lord Rama is said to have been lying on the bed of Kusa Grass (Darbha Sayanam) in Thiruppullani, praying to the God of the Ocean to cross the ocean to Sri Lanka (previously known as Lanka). 

“There are two apes in your army named Nal and Neel who have been gifted with the blessing of this art,” Sea God told Ram. “Lord Vishwakarma’s son, Nal, is blessed by his father. You construct a strong bridge with their assistance. This bridge will accommodate your entire army and transport you to Lanka.” According to legend, Samudra Dev made a modest plea to Shri Ram to construct the bridge. The entire Vanar Sena was able to make various strategies with the assistance of Nal and Neel.

In reality, these were floating on the water, over which the entire Vanara Sena traveled to Sri Lanka.

Finally, the bridge-building materials were gathered while the blueprints were chosen. The entire monkey army was successful in hauling stones, tree trunks, big branches, enormous leaves, and plants from the surrounding area. Finally, a massive bridge was constructed as a result of Nal and Neel’s care and comprehensive scientific planning. Scientists think Nal and Neel understood which stone would not be submerged in water by retaining it and how other stones would be supported as well.

Ramsetu (The Adam's Bridge) Geographical image released by NASA

Ram Sethu, which links to Mannar in Sri Lanka on the opposite side, is renowned as ‘Adam’s Bridge’ across the world. 

Do you know how it got its name “Ram Setu Adam’s Bridge”?

Adam’s Bridge, a name said to have been given to it by an East India Company mapper who adopted the name Adam’s Bridge on his map in 1804, based on Abrahamic beliefs about the bridge. Let’s go a little deeper into this topic. The footprint on Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is 5 feet, 7 inches by 2 feet, and 6 inches. Muslims and Christians believe that this is Prophet Adam’s footprint. According to Prophet Muhammad, Prophet Adam stood 60 cubits (90 feet) tall.

Several Muslim scholars believe that the deity took the first man, Adam, and Eve out of paradise (Heavens) and kept them at Adam’s peak. Because the force of his impact on Earth was so great, it is thought that his footprint was left on the rocks. This folklore is supported by a mausoleum at Rameswaram called Habil Quabil Dargah.

According to the Quran and Biblical stories, Habil (Abel) and Qabil (Cain) were sons of Adam and Hawwa (Eve), and Qabil killed Habil and buried him in a sacred site. The Habel Qabil dhargah in Rameswaram is said to be Habil’s grave.

What is the Scientific Justification for Ram Setu?

As a result, experts have found the presence of stones used in the Ram Sethu Bridge after many years of inquiry. Scientists think that the stones used to construct the Ramsetu bridge are a kind, known as a ‘Pumais’ stone. These stones are formed by volcanic lava. As lava heat collides with less heated air or water in the atmosphere, it transforms into some particles. These particles frequently combine to produce a big stone.

Experts think that when hot volcanic lava collides with cool atmospheric air, the air balance deteriorates. This procedure results in a stone with several holes. Because of the perforations, this stone has a spongy form and weighs less than conventional stones. This specific stone’s holes are filled with air. Because of this, the stone does not sink rapidly in the water since the air maintains it afloat.

Pumais Stones from Ramsetu (Jai Sri Ram) floating in water.

Nevertheless, when these pores gradually fill with water instead of air, their weight increases and they begin to sink into the water. This is why, after a while, the stones of the Ramsetu bridge sank into the water and reached the soil. 

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According to these images, a bridge connects Rameswaram in India to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. Yet, for unknown reasons, it disintegrated in the sea only a few miles from its commencement. Some time ago, locals in Rameswaram discovered other similar stones on the seashore known as pumice stones. Some say that these stones washed up on the beach with the waves.

Why Taj Mahal Got the Place in World Wonders?

Finally, the Taj Mahal is erected on a plot of ground to the south of Agra’s walled city. In exchange for the land, Emperor Jahan gave Maharajah Jai Singh a huge palace in the heart of Agra. A 1.2-hectare (3-acre) area was dug, filled with earth to avoid seepage, and leveled 50 meters (160 feet) above the riverside. It was built in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (1628–1658) to house the grave of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also holds Shah Jahan’s mausoleum. 

The mausoleum is the focal point of a 17-hectare (42-acre) compound that includes a mosque and a guest house and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The tomb was substantially finished in 1643, although work on other sections of the project continued for another ten years. The Taj Mahal complex is thought to have been finished in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be roughly 32 million, which would be approximately 70 billion (nearly $1 billion) in 2020. The building project employed 20,000 craftspeople and was overseen by a board of architects chaired by the emperor’s court architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. 

TajMahal World Heritage Status

In 1983, UNESCO declared the Taj Mahal a World Heritage Site for being “the gem of Muslim art in India and one of the most universally acclaimed masterpieces of the world’s heritage.” Many consider it an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India’s rich past. The Taj Mahal receives 7-8 million tourists every year and was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000-2007) initiative’s winners in 2007.

Shah Jahan ordered the Taj Mahal to be erected in remembrance of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died on June 17, 1631, while giving birth to their 14th child, Gauhara Begum. Work began in 1632 and was completed in 1648, with the surrounding buildings and garden following five years later. The imperial court’s documentation of Shah Jahan’s mourning upon Mumtaz Mahal’s death exemplifies the love narrative viewed as the standard.

The Taj Mahal was built with the help of around 20,000 people and 1,000 elephants. The Taj Mahal’s construction began in 1632 and took 20 years to finish. Employees arrived from India, Persia, Europe, and the Ottoman Empire.

Which Should Be Given The World Wonder Status Among Taj Mahal and Ram Setu?

As the Taj Mahal is entirely made of marble and other valuable stones and has a majestic appearance on the banks of the Yamuna River, many tourists, including foreigners, flock to admire its beauty and wonderful appearance. Ram Setu, on the other hand, is invisible to the human eye and can only be seen through aerial photographs. Also, it was built during the Thretha Yuga, not recently like the Taj Mahal. 

There are several reasons to accept it or not as time and years pass. There is still a location in Sri Lanka named “Sita Kothuwa” (Sita’s fort). There’s also a spot nearby where Ravan parked his Pushpak Viman. Sita lived in a cave near Sita Eliya on the Colombo-Nuwara Eliya highway. There is a shrine dedicated to her. She is said to have bathed in the mountain stream that runs alongside the shrine. As a result, even a layperson may readily comprehend why the Taj Mahal does not have as much global notoriety. 

Another crucial point that should not be overlooked is that, whereas the Taj Mahal stands gloriously on the Earth’s surface, Ram Sethu is under the surface, i.e., in water.

Jai Shri Ram!!

Why did Lord Ram Demolish a Portion of Rama Setu?

Ravana’s brother Vibhishan surrendered to Shriram at Dhanushkodi town before the fight between Shriram and Ravana. Prabhu Ramchandra anointed Vibhishan as King of Lanka when the Lankan war ended. Vibhishan, King of Lanka, told Prabhu Ramchandra that rulers from India will always use RamaSetu to assault Sri Lanka, causing the island to lose its independence; he asked Shriram to demolish the bridge.

Prabhu Ramchandra blessed His devotee, shot an arrow, and the bridge was sunk 2-3 feet below water level. Even now, anyone standing on this bridge will find water up to his waist.

The location was renamed ‘Dhanushkodi,’ which means ‘end of the bow.’ 

Source: the Padma Puran.

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